I’m not sure. I needed a little bloggy break apparently, but I’m back :) How are YOU? I am loving this Sunday sunshine!! Big upgrade from all the rain we’ve had lately (maybe that’s why I wasn’t blogging?? Cuddling up with Netflix was much needed after work this week).
That’s right… iced coffee weather. Hooray! My weekend started off with coffee too (the hot kind). My student’s last day was Friday, so I showered my coworkers with coffee blessings.
And I know what’s been on your mind… what in the world has Karina been eating for breakfast this week?? Well, I didn’t hold out on you, and I managed to take a picture of one meal this week!
banana, coffee, Ezekiel bread with homemade raspberry chia jam (for real – will share this easy ass recipe soon) & an egg
Friday evening, Brent and I met my brother for dinner. Yes, he exists, and we live in the same city yet never see each other. Need to up my sibling game!
We went to M.L. Rose for dinner and drinks while watching some basketball. I had some vino and the chef salad.
Chicken, avocado, egg, tomato, blue cheese, Brent’s pickles he gifted me (true love) with red wine vinaigrette (because 2 glasses isn’t enough)
So happy he’s back in town after this week. This is my unwashed hair/post-Pure Barre look
Speaking of Pure Barre… the challenge is going great! It hurts so bad, but I’m re-addicted to this wonderful workout. I’ve taken 9 classes so far (I cancelled today’s class while I was in line for a port-a-potty, beer in hand last night… oops). The new studio they opened in Nashville is gorgeous, and I want to live there. See, I even got my lucky number locker!
After class yesterday, I headed to Portland Brew with Brent for a coffee date. We did this last Saturday, too, so I wanted to recreate last weekend since I didn’t tell you about it.
Nonfat latte and a PUPPY
I was starving after Pure Barre, coffee date and grocery shopping (what a tough morning, right?). My friend Whitney texted me, and we made lunch plans! Here’s my St. Patrick’s Day weekend outfit… I get credit for green pants, right? Rainy day hair is the best.
I’ve been to Blvd a couple times for drinks, and always thought their menu looked good, so we headed there to try it out!
Why are your glasses so cute!!!
Whitney recently got engaged, so we had a great time catching up on the proposal story and wedding details. I had a couple mimosas and to eat, the quinoa falafel on a multigrain wrap with a side kale salad. Highly recommend this place… I need to try their brunch sometime!
Post-girly lunch, we regrouped, got the boys to put on some green, and headed to South Street. They had some of the garage doors opened upstairs, and it got me really excited for some warmer weather!
In fun mom fashion, I packed a bottle of green food dye to up the festivity of our beverages. The bartender was rather confused when she turned around and all of the beers were green. That’s right, MAGIC.
I am SO much fun… don’t you want to hang out with me? I’ll bring a different color with me next time.
We old folks were in the spirit, so we hung out at a St. Patrick’s Day party at the Greenhouse (remember when I tried to go there a couple weekend ago, and I thought it was abandoned? Well, it’s not). It was college party-style packed. Nappy Roots was there apparently, but I never saw them. It was a really cool place though! I loved all of the twinkle lights, and they had a huge tent in the back too.
Food was needed after our big party night, so Mexican it was! After shoving chips and salsa in my face, I had the chicken taco salad.
I think I made it through 2 sips of that margarita up there in the corner
Here’s what I’ve been doing workout-wise the past 2 weeks…
30min spin bike
30min treadmill run (1.5mi @6.5mph, .5mi 4.0mph + 8% incline, .5mi @ 8.0mph)
30min spin bike in the AM, Pure Barre in the PM
Sunday Meal Prep:
– roasted kale
– protein pancakes (1/4c egg whites, 1/2 mashed banana, cinnamon, 1/4c oats, 1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein)
– green smoothies (spinach, almond milk, 1 scoop chocolate whey protein, 1 frozen banana)
– tuna salad (tuna, Nayonaise – yes that’s a thing, garlic powder, celery salt, dill weed)
– spiralized sweet potato
– black bean quinoa burgers
So, these burgers are delicious. Mine didn’t stay together all that well, but it still worked.
– 2 cups black beans, mashed
– 1 cup cooked quinoa
– garlic powder
– 1/4c hummus (I used a Greek style flavored hummus)
– 1/2c feta
– 1/2c oats
– 1/2 onion, diced
After mashing up the black beans, add the other ingredients and mix well. Shape into patties and bake for ~20 minutes at 400* (flip them halfway through).
Took a break from cooking for lunch at Kay Bob’s
Lady Lynn (black bean hummus – I see a theme recurring today) with a side of fruit
annnnd, Sunday Funday oysters and drinks at Urban Grub!
Dinner… served the black bean burgers topped with mushrooms, over kale, with sweet potato curly fries on the side!
Do you eat oysters?
Any St. Patty’s Day celebrations?
Did you miss me?? Good, because I missed you.